Girls Tennis: Providence getting some help from all over
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media October 5, 2013 11:04PM
Updated: October 5, 2013 11:05PM
There have been a few occasions this season in which Providence Catholic lost dual matches 3-2, with No. 1 singles player Hannah Davis and the No. 1 doubles team of Kelly and Maggie Ruane picking up the two victories.
If the Celtics hope to claim their first sectional title since 2001 later this month, they are in need of another consistent force to step up.
On Monday it was second singles player Elise Morris in a 3-2 victory over Lockport — a team that won six sectionals in the last seven seasons.
On Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, it was the second doubles team of Marybeth Galick-Lizzie Eggen who stepped up as the X-factor in a dual win over Marist. Then they were the difference in three 3-2 dual-format wins in the 28-team Lockport Invitational over the weekend for a third-place finish — the best by an area team.
Edwardsville won the tournament over Highland Park. Held at various sites in the Will County area and featured several area teams locking horns.
Providence won the third-place match, 3-2, with Galick-Eggen outlasting East’s Nina Heidkamp-Jackie Kraut 2-6, 6-4 and a 10-8 tiebreaker to decide the third set at Lincoln-Way North.
After the first set loss the Celtic duo was down 3-1 in the second set and came back and was down 3-0 in the tiebreaker and mounted another comeback.
“You need a positive attitude when you get down,” said Eggen, a Joliet resident. “You have to keep smiling. We make sure we keep up the energy and stay positive.”
“It always seems like we’re the last ones playing,” said Galick, a Homer Glen resident. “We like to drag out our matches.’’
The Celtics opened the tournament on Friday with wins over Lincoln-Way North and Stagg to make it to the final eight of the tournament. On Saturday morning, they beat Marist, 3-2, in a rematch from Tuesday and lost 5-0 to Highland Park before pulling off the one-point victory against East.
In the early morning Marist battle, Galick and Eggen sweated out another third-set tiebreaker with a nailbiting 14-12 victory.
“That was great because we played them earlier in the week,” Eggen said. “We beat them the first time and knew it was going to be tough to beat them again.
The two know that they are going to be counted on heavily in conference play and postseason play in the coming weeks.
“The pressure is on us,” Galick said. “This is going to help our confidence.”
Angela Jensen, Grace Burchett and Maggie Havlin alternated spots on the third doubles team to help the Celtics out in the tournament.
Lockport won the eight-team second bracket by beating Stagg in the championship match, 3-2, to finish ninth overall. Plainfield North won the eight-team third bracket to claim 17th over Lockport’s JV team.